Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire The main thing to notice about this book as opposed to McGuire's other books (and her work as [a:Mira Grant|3153776|Mira Grant|]) is how unabashedly fun it is. Sure, it still has the high stakes and dire "and that was the last time I ever saw her alive" pronouncements, but tonally it's way more upbeat and silly than I was expecting. It's not better or worse than her usual style, IMO, but it's an interesting contrast.

The concept is a bit like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in that we have a perky blonde monster-hunter who just wants to have something of a normal life ("normal" in this case being "professional ballroom dancer") but those pesky monsters keep getting in the way, so she fights them in short skirts and high heels, sacred duty, yadda yadda yadda. But Verity and her odd family are refreshingly original. It's not every day you meet a family that has a colony of religious mice worshiping them. Oh, man. Those mice will never stop being hilarious.

The backstory, as usual, is rich and detailed enough to make me wish for a prequel series. The book starts each chapter with a quote from one of Verity's amusing ancestors, and I kind of want to read their story now, too.

I'm looking forward to more books in this series, especially if they involve more smoking-hot scenes with Dominic and/or finding out why the Easter Bunny is serious business.